ANDREW LUCK RETIRES
The NFL world was stunned Saturday night by the news that Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring at just 29 years old. A cycle of injuries and pain had sapped his joy for the game, the 2012 No. 1 overall pick said. So, he decided to walk away. It was a decision that showed a lot of strength, our Mike Jones writes, but clearly not all Colts fans get it – Luck was booed leaving the Lucas Oil Stadium field Saturday night.
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken reacts to the news that Andrew Luck will retire from the NFL and explains why we should all be understanding of this decision.
TERRIFYING MOMENT AT TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Six fans were hurt Saturday afternoon at Atlanta’s Eagle Lake Golf Club when lightning hit a maintenance area and struck a tree near the 16th hole. The PGA Tour said the fans were injured by debris caused by the strike but none of the injuries were life-threatening.
WELCOME BACK, MEANINGFUL FOOTBALL!
After nearly 10,000 months, our long national nightmare has ended and football games that count have returned. (We’ll have to run those numbers again, but that seems right.) College football kicked off its season with ESPN’s College GameDay from Disney World, which was kinda weird, but who cares – football is back. And Saturday’s game, despite its sloppiness, was plenty exciting as No. 8 Florida fended off in-state rival Miami. While the Hurricanes took the loss, they generated buzz with a new turnover chain and the debut of … touchdown rings?
A full slate of games is on tap this week, and we’ve got you covered. Here’s our 2019-20 season outlook.
BEHOLD, YOUR ROBOT-UMPIRE OVERLORDS
Robots, which will one day come to dominate the entire world, probably, are attempting to begin their takeover by first taking the jobs of baseball umpires. Major League Baseball is using the Atlantic League as a testing ground for the robo-umps, and it’s going well! Mostly, at least. The League is also trying out some new wacky rules, like stealing first base and a three-batter minimum for pitchers.
Baseball lifers probably won’t like the changes, but they already don’t like today’s game, anyway.
AS JERRY’S WORLD TURNS
So Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked last week about Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout. His response? “Zeke who?” ZING!!! Except Elliott and his agent weren’t laughing. Jones shot back that he’d earned the right to joke with Elliott, whatever that means. In any event, Elliott still isn’t at Cowboys camp. In fact, he’s in Cabo. Jarrett Bell caught up with Marshall Faulk, who visited Zeke in paradise. Faulk shared his plans and what he expects from Elliott.
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SOME CHATTY BROWNS
The lion’s share of offseason chatter has been about the Cleveland Browns, with much of that chatter coming from the Cleveland Browns. Last week was no different. First, Odell Beckham Jr. took a shot at his old team, saying the Giants sent him to Cleveland “to die.” We think he means metaphorically. Then, Baker Mayfield had some confusing comments about Giants QB Daniel Jones, saying that it blew his mind that the Giants took Jones at No. 6 in the draft.
Mayfield then took the predictable route of claiming his quote was taken out of context. In the end, Mayfield reached out to Jones to clear the air.
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